Gunmen in northern Iraq stopped a bus carrying workers home from a textile factory today, identified 23 members of a tiny religious sect on board, and shot them to death. The bus was filled with Christians and Yazidis, a mostly Kurdish sect that worships an angel, the AP reports.
The killings appeared to be a response to the stoning death of a Yazidi woman who converted to Islam. The gunmen ordered passengers off the bus, checked their IDs, and forced the Yazidis back on board. They were driven to Mosul, lined up against a wall, and executed. In Baghdad, at least 20 people were killed in car bombings. (Read more Iraq stories.)